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June 2022

ECO Institute: Natural History Fundamentals for Educators

June 27 @ 8:00 AM - July 1 @ 4:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1300

The purpose of this course for PreK - 6th grade educators is to deepen our understanding of the natural landscape and learn how to utilize this knowledge to build a partnership with the land that meets the needs of all students.  Participants will develop a foundation of natural history knowledge through immersive study of bird language, tree and plant identification, wild edible safety, geology, and stream ecology.  We will practice techniques for achieving a deeper level of inquiry and observation in nature while learning hands-on methods for embedding this knowledge into outdoor lessons and making classroom connections.  The routines that we build throughout the week are designed to deepen your class’s sense of place within the outdoor learning environment.

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July 2022

Vermont Biodiversity Educators Institute

July 25 @ 9:00 AM - July 29 @ 4:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1300

This week-long investigation of Vermont biodiversity is designed for 7-12th grade teachers and educators looking to incorporate nature-based concepts and activities across their curricula. Each day is spent immersed in a different ecosystem, exploring the species, systems, and processes driving local ecology. We’ll practice field-based activities and classroom-based extensions aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Proficiency-Based Learning frameworks.

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August 2022

ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

August 8 @ 9:00 AM - August 12 @ 4:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1300

Instructors: Ken Benton & Susan Koch August 8 - 12 $1300 ($1675 with 3 graduate credits) Class Size: 12-20 students For PreK to 6th grade educators This introductory ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Institute course acquaints participants with the routines and protocols that structure a successful outdoor learning and play experience. Participants will: Develop a knowledge base and skill set to incorporate nature immersion practices into your program in a way that meets the needs of your students. Learn how to conduct site assessments and…

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